The Coastal Route, Rosala Viking Centre and Bengtskär lighthouse
The Coastal Route in south-west of Finland is a great way to experience the archipelago, whether you travel by bike or on foot. You can visit Rosala Viking Centre and Bengtskär lighthouse when you travel from Kemiönsaari to Hanko.
In the Viking Centre you can experience Finland living the end of its Iron Age, the mythical Viking Age. Museum consists of not only informative exhibitions, but also an entire reconstructed Viking village where you can for example try on a Viking warriors outfit or play games enjoyed already by the Vikings.
Bengtskär is the tallest lighthouse in Scandinavia, and its massive stone walls have witnessed some of the most dramatic events in Finland’s history. On climbing the tower and reaching the top, you’re awarded with a stunning view of the sea. You can explore the lighthouse keeper’s life in bygone days, the battle of Bengtskär and for example archipelago nature at the exhibitions on the lower floors.
Guidings and lunch
Both the Viking Centre and the lighthouse are easy to get acquainted with on your own, but we recommend also taking part in the free introductions during your visit. The short video presentation at the Viking Centre introduces the mythology of Vikings. Bengtskär's brief guiding of the lighthouse's history is held - weather permitting - outdoors. Due to the corona, there will be no guided tours in Bengtskär in the summer of 2020. Instead the visitors will receive a brochure about the lighthouse.
The lunch is enjoyed in the majestic Chieftain Hall of the Viking village. The lunch is traditional fish soup, archipelago bread and coffee/tea. Bengtskär lighthouse's cosy café is open during the visit serving coffee, other beverages and small sweet snacks.
- Duration around 3 h - 3 h 15 min
- Departure at 10.30
- Departure port Kasnäs, Kimitoön
- Weather reservation, strong wind and/or rough waves can cause changes in timetable, travel times, or prevent landing on Bengtskär altogether. We reserve right to all changes
- The price includes one way boat trip Kasnäs-Rosala-Bengtskär, entrance fees and lunch at the Viking Centre for 4-14 year old child
Good to know
We can take notice of most of food allergies at the lunch, as long as we get the information in advance. All food is low lactose. You can write the diets on Additional information under Customer details at checkout.
The cafés in Viking Centre and Bengtskär accept Visa, Master and EuroCard, Visa Electron and cash.
The road Kasnäsvägen ends in three boat jetties. The boats depart from the Vänö jetty on the right, or on busy days from the Örö jetty in the middle. We recommend arriving at the pier 15 minutes before departure.
Trips to Bengtskär are always weather dependent. Heavy seas caused by strong wind prevents landing on the island about twice a month in the summertime. In that case we visit another destination in the archipelago instead of the lighthouse. If you booked a one way trip, we'll contact you if the boats from Kasnäs can't land on Bengtskär.
Boats can be fully booked, so we warmly recommend making a reservation. Tickets for children (0-3 year olds and 4-14 year olds) are sold as separate products in the webshop, children may only travel accompanied by an adult. The places for bicycles must be booked in advance, and are also sold as separate products in the webshop: Kasnäs-Rosala-Bengtskär for bicycle.
You can reserve your return journey to Hanko for same day from Marine Lines, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also the boat to Hanko has limited capacity.
Please, read also terms before making a reservation.
Clothing. We recommend clothing according to weather, and comfortable walking shoes suitable for uneven terrain. It can be windy and humid at sea, but just as well warm and very sunny. The weather can change quickly.
Equipment. Consider bringing sunscreen, and perhaps even a flashlight for exploring the bunker in Bengtskär. Don't forget your camera, if you wish to take photos!
Boats. The boats are water-bus type and covered, and don't have a café aboard. Some boats have a toilet, others don't.
Wind limit for landing on Bengtskär. Depending on wind and wave direction around 10 m/s wind and/or 1.5 m significant wave height on Northern Baltic Proper. The limits on the more open route to Hanko can differ. Forecasts: for example fmi.fi, yr.no
10.30 Kasnäs-Rosala, ca 30 minutes
Viking Centre, presentation (ca 15 min), independent exploring of Viking village and exhibitions, lunch
12.50 Rosala-Bengtskär, ca 50 min
Bengtskär, guiding (ca 10-15 min), independent touring of the island, lighthouse and exhibitions, café open